This paper considers the historic concept of flânerie, the act of “strolling” through urban spaces, as an unconventional approach to gathering qualitative data. In adopting a flânerie identity, the researcher is able to critically analyze urban spaces and the relation of self to those spaces. Through a (re)conceptualization of the 19th century flâneur, we explicate the methodological possibilities and applications of flânerie, in particular, as suited to excavating new urban tropes, whilst giving expression to new urban subjectivities. The authors adopt a flânerie identity, engaging in a qualitative inquiry vis-à-vis two “strolls” occurring in Toronto, Canada. The strolls provide opportunities to interrogate subjectivities and perceptions of the authors in relation to the urban spaces they were traversing. In doing so, this paper emphasizes the legitimacy of adopting a flâneur identity as a valid source of qualitative inquiry; one that is able to bring meaning to spaces and places.
Qualitative Research, Urban, Flâneur, Identity, Spaces, Visual Sociology
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Rizk, J., & Birioukov, A. (2017). Following the Flâneur: The Methodological Possibilities and Applications of Flânerie in New Urban Spaces. The Qualitative Report, 22(12), 3268-3285. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2017.2913